Chapin School Princeton parent and Princeton University Lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology, Dr. Jodi Schottenfeld-Roames visited Chapin's third-grade science classes.
Chapin third graders are currently studying the human skeletal system. They dissected Owl pellets to see what kinds of bones we could find inside. The bones are usually from rodents such as mice, moles, voles, shrews, etc. After dissection, Dr. Schottenfeld-Roames helped the students use a microscope projected on the screen to see which bones looked similar to bones in the human body. It turns out that the ribs, scapula, pelvis, and several other bones have similar look and functions in rodent skeletons.